A bit more details about Friday's move for those interested:
Our current hosting facility is limited on bandwidth. We're capped on the main line connecting storiesonline, which is why we offload static files to three hosting sites. Recently, the main part of the site that can't be offloaded has reached an activity level that meant that even with offloading what's possible, the main part is now too limited at 10Mb/s.
So we're moving to a different setup. One in a cloud set up, which will afford us more bandwidth and way more flexible hardware and prices have reached a more affordable levels.
Finestories is already on the new server and running well.
The move will mean that the site's IP address will change, but since nobody should bookmark the site's IP address anyway, this should have no impact.
So this is what will happen on Friday.
1 - We'll halt updates.
2 - Back up the site's files
3 - We'll sync the new location's files to the current live servers.
Up to that, it's unnoticeable for users.
4 - We'll halt the site and put up a temporary notice
5 - Dump the database (roughly 10 minutes).
6 - Insert data into new server (roughly 40 minutes).
7 - Dump ID server data and insert into new server (15 minutes).
8 - Change DNS entries and wait for it to propagate. (One to two hours)
The site will be inacessible for roughly one hour, longer for some depending on your ISP's DNS server.
We had a problem with our current ID server and the new location and FS was unable to connect to it, this will create a new minore data-out-of-sync problem for those accounts created on FS during the test and debug period..